ISLAMIC HERALDRY (Cup-Sari &Napkin-Jamdar)

Document Type : Original Article


Presidential Museums - Presidency of the Egyptian Republic,Cairo, Egypt


This paper covers the Islamic heraldry (Rank) in the late Middle Ages –the heraldry of the Ayyubid and Mamluk dynasties of Egypt and Syria from roughly the late 12th Century A.D. through the very early 16th Century, it will be limited to clearly delineated heraldic charges. (Cup-Sari &Napkin-Jamdar heraldry)
Mamluk heraldry can be found on buildings, such as mosques, madrassas, mausoleums, cenotaphs, castles, and palaces. Also, from glass objects such as mosque lamps, flasks, bottles, basins, plates, dishes, pen boxes and chamfrons (headpieces of horse armor), and door fittings.
Heraldry can be carved in or painted on woodwork, woven into textiles, and on thousands of pottery fragments. Heraldic figures on mamluk coins had to be considered with a different point of view from that used in judging a European coat of arms.